A cyclist who completed a charity challenge despite being hit by a car has revealed his next adventure.

Ryan Anderton is now planning to ride through 12 European countries in 21 days as part of his commitment to boost mental health awareness.

Mr Anderton, a Trust Member of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, credits both cycling and support from the care trust for his own recovery.

The 32-year-old is now an advocate for mental health after dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts and behavioural issues.

This year the cyclist will replicate the World Record route of ultra-endurance cyclist and multiple record holder Lee 'Fancourt' Ridgway.

Lee Fancourt died by suicide in January 2018, aged 40.

The cyclist has since established the Lee Fancourt Mental Health Fund in his memory - as well as further supporting fundraising for mental health and suicide prevention.

We chose this unique way due to it's potential to increase participation in fundraising events and thus try to prevent further sufferers of mental health encountering the issues experienced by Lee and his family.

Mr Anderton will set off from Nordkapp in Norway to Tarifa in Spain, via Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and France.

Paul Hogg, the care trust’s director of corporate affairs, said: “I met Ryan recently at a mental health awareness event in Keighley.

"It’s clear from our conversation that he’s a great ambassador for tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness.

"As a member of the trust we wish him the best of luck in his latest adventure and raising awareness about an issue that can affect us all through his epic bike ride.”

The care trust offers a range of services to help support people with their mental health, including the First Response service, which offers mental health crisis support 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 01274 221181.

The care trust’s MyWellbeing College is also available to help people navigate their way through life’s ups and downs.

Mr Anderton said: “The service provided by the care trust, and with support from other local services, when I was in crisis, gave me time and a foundation to rebuild my life again. Without their care, support and guidance I wouldn't be doing the things I am now, thank you."

To follow Ryan’s latest challenge in July visit followmychallenge.com, which has donated live GPS tracking, and is raising awareness via his RyanRidesAcrossEurope social media accounts.

Mr Anderton will keep people posted on his journey with the hashtag #RyanRidesAcrossEurope

The wellbeing ambassador previously cycled 4,800 miles around the coastline of mainland Britain in 42 days.

He raised £7,000 for mental health charity Mind, having only started cycling in 2016.

On the third day of his journey along the coastline he was hit by a car - resulting in a visit to hospital.

But the cyclist was determined to accomplish his goal and continued the following day despite his injuries.

People can contribute to his cause by visiting his GoFundMe or Just Giving pages.